Uma Nota is a reference point for world citizens and lovers of world music and culture. It is an event series focusing on Brazilian, Latin, Caribean, Funk and Soul music provided by both live acts and DJs. Unpretentious, open-minded, lively and fun, Uma Nota is a place where locals, artists and trendsetters come together and move to the tropical vibe.
Live musical performances frequently feature the city’s heaviest-sounding Brazilian percussion troupes, a popular and thrilling spectacle that remains a key piece of the Uma Nota experience. The DJ roster boasts the city’s finest crate diggers and vinyl selectors who prove it takes more than an iPod to excite and challenge the dance floor.
Uma Nota began as a music night at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel in 2007 and remains a recurring event in that city. Uma Nota is a showcase performance series with an ever-changing lineup of performers. The events usually feature at least two guest performances — one live act and one DJ, sometimes more — and perennial favourites return for encore presentations.
The Uma Nota Festival ran from 2011 to 2015 as a multi-day music and multi-arts event, and other perennial favourite events include the Block Party series co-produced with Maracatu Mar Aberto. Uma Nota has also programmed and produced events as part of Luminato Festival, Harbourfront Centre’s summer WorldRoutes festivals, The Bargain Bash at An Honest Farewell to Honest Ed’s, and in/future at Ontario Place, among other collaborations.
Along with the music, our events have included a wide range of cultural activities and programs depending on the type of event. These elements might include interactive workshops in dance or percussion, among other family-friendly programs; film screenings; custom-made video projections, stage design and thematic decor; vivid parades; dance performances; mini ping-pong; live painting; cultural talks and panels; visual arts markets and food vendors; caipirinha-making demos; art and photo exhibitions and more.
Jonathan Rothman has reported for CBC Radio and has written for Exclaim!, CBCNews.ca, Spacing, CBC Radio 3 online, The Globe and Mail, NOW and BlogTO. In Rio’s Carnaval 2011, Jonathan paraded in the Rocinha samba school’s drum corps (bateria). He performs with several Toronto percussion groups, speaks Brazilian Portuguese and conducts the Samba Elégua drummers in the group’s Uma Nota collaboration shows. Photo credit: Dave Burke
Jason Sanders (Creative Director)
General Eclectic is Uma Nota’s resident DJ and the artist behind some of Toronto’s most successful and critically acclaimed underground music events. As a DJ, event producer and graphic designer, Jason blends music, art and the intangible into an alluring atmosphere that’s become his signature. His vinyl collection numbers more than 7,000 records strong and he’s earned a solid reputation over his more than 15 years in Toronto, where he’s created memorable custom designs for numerous events, ranging from the underground hip-hop and soul weekly Red Beet Lounge to the massively popular monthly Footprints parties. Whether on the DJ booth, dance floor, drum kit or drafting board, General Eclectic lights up the ears, eyes and minds of those around him with his unique skills.
Alex is a cultural producer and the founding artistic director of Uma Nota Culture and has taken a leading role in programming and producing Uma Nota events. In addition, Alex is currently an Artistic Associate at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto’s premiere cultural institution on the waterfront. Alex, who speaks several languages (including French, Portuguese and Greek), has travelled to Brazil numerous times to more deeply study Maracatu de Baque Virado and other northeastern Brazilian cultural manifestations. He has published articles and blog posts, given presentations and appeared on CBC Radio to speak about a number of these Brazilian forms and has been recognized by the Toronto’s Brazilian community with a special award for his role in the diffusion of Brazilian music and culture in Toronto.